The VBR Team is utilizing technology and conducting business as seamlessly as possible remotely. As we enter phase 1 the VBR office will remain closed until May 31.
- All previously scheduled classes for May will be moved to online webinars.
- All VBR meetings will continue to be run virtually.
- Outside room rentals are canceled for May.
As we have new information and resources to share regarding COVID-19 we will update this section.
For Eagle County, Public Health resources use this link.
Eagle County - Phase 2 - Blue
Eagle County has advanced to the "Blue" Phase in the county’s Public Health Order regarding COVID-19
Some of the changes included in the new order are listed below.
• Allows gatherings of up to 50 people. Six feet of distance will still be required between non-household members.
• Allows dine-in service at restaurants and bars at a reduced capacity, with social distancing protocols in place.
• Allows short-term lodging to reopen at a reduced capacity.
• Allows outdoor recreation businesses, such as guided tours, and areas with high-touch equipment like playgrounds to open if social distancing and sanitation requirements are met.
• Requires all visitors to be free of any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 for 10 days prior to arrival in Eagle County.
• Continues requirements for people who are sick and for people who have been exposed to someone who is sick.
• Continues requirement for all businesses to create and visibly post a Social Distancing Protocol, explaining how the business is achieving all social distancing, sanitizing and cleaning, and other requirements.
The most significant change for the real estate industry is it allows non-residents to come to Eagle County to view properties, but they must follow all requirements of Section IV. D of the May 25, 2020, Eagle County Public Health Order. This includes not visiting Eagle County if you have symptoms of COVID-19, self-screening for symptoms, and following all self-isolation and self-quarantine procedures if necessary. These tools are easy to share.
Please know that because DORA governs real estate Open Houses are still not allowed at this point.
As a business in the community, I would encourage you to check out the “Business Communication Guide” and the “Welcome Home” toolkit, which invites second homeowners to “come here, live here, stay here.” There has been a lot of work to support the recovery of our economy.
To reopen all businesses must create and visibly post a Social Distancing Protocol, explaining how the business is achieving all social distancing, sanitizing and cleaning, and other requirements.
Let the community know about your current business offerings. Vail Community Bulletin
Currently, Erica Kirk is the Chair of the real estate Private Sector Task Force groups.
5/9/20 The Division of Real Estate has issued additional guidance for all the items in the Safer At Home phase. It covers all questions of who should be doing what. We wanted to make sure you got this message from DORA and if you did not it is linked here.
Did you miss this the Wednesday Q & A with special guest Scott Peterson CAR Legal Counsel? Watch the recorded session here.
Watch the Legal Bites video above from CAR General Counsel Scott Peterson discusses the state’s new 'Safer at Home' Order and Local County Updates. Also included are new Buyer & Seller COVID-19 Advisory Forms.
After hearing concerns from neighbors in the community, we have put together a “Safe Showing Pledge” marketing campaign to share all the extra precautions taken for showing properties by following the state “safer at home” guidelines. Watch the video above to learn more about it.
These guidelines ensure to protect the Vail Valley and Buyers and Sellers. Showing that we care and the REALTOR® value is an important message. We have images created for you to share in your marketing, on your social media, and a Facebook profile image frame that says, “I’m committed to the safe showing pledge.”
Join us in sharing with our neighbors your commitment to the “Safe Showing Pledge.”
View information to share in your marketing & social media for the Safe showing pledge
Eagle County guidelines did not specifically address real estate, which means that we should be following the state guidelines. We can't stress how important it is that the real estate community takes this seriously. Committing to following these guidelines ensures we don't move backward or get stricter regulations.
Please read through the 'Safer at home' order. We want to direct you to read page 5 "Section E" and page 18 "Appendix B." Real estate falls into "Field Services."
As we have moved to the new guidelines, real estate includes in-person real estate showings and marketing services, which must adhere to Social Distancing Requirements with cleaning and disinfection between each showing, but may not hold open houses.
Appendix B refers to the requirement that needs to be met to show the property for employing brokers and agents. A few items to point out are bullet-pointed below. Makes sure and read the entire list as these are the requirements for showing a property.
- Must wear mask and gloves & provide them to clients
- Monitor of agent symptoms and developing a policy for offices
- Maintaining a detailed log of contacts
- Cleaning and disinfecting between showings- (A good idea here would be to put a note in your showing instructions on how this is going to be coordinated.)
- Read full list
When it comes to showings, the best practice is to minimize "people within the same household" to attend, such as decision-makers.
COVID-19 Relief Resources
CARES Act & SBA Resources for Businesses:
Click here to view a separate page that breakdown all the resources available to the real estate and business community for relief for COVID-19.
The National Association of Realtors® is taking steps to support members through these uncertain times. The Right Tools, Right Now initiative makes new and existing NAR products and services available for FREE or at significant discounts – right now – and is available to REALTORS® and REALTOR® Associations.
Upcoming Events & Training:
Every Monday: Managing in Uncertainty series
The Colorado Small Business Development Center Network is adding webinars on a daily basis to address common COVID-19 programs and to give you the opportunity to ask questions of industry experts. You can also find topics for startups, and also the weekly Managing in Uncertainty series (Mondays at Noon). Click here to see a list of webinars (updated daily).